Physicians & Staff

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Practice Philosophy:

ASAP Wellness Center is dedicated to providing the best care possible to our patients by integrating the best of Western Medicine and Eastern Medicine.

We focus on evidence-based medicine and integrated therapies that promote comprehensive health care and wellness for patients of all ages.

Founder, Dr. Akavut Suesakul and his physicians & staff invite you to stop in during our office hours or make an appointment to meet our physicians & staff.

Our Physicians & Staff:

Akavut Suesakul, MDAkavut Suesakul, MD

Director & Founder of ASAP Wellness Center

Dr. Suesakul is a dedicated family practice physician who works hard to make sure that his patients are in healthy condition. He consistently listens to his patients to understand all their concerns and formulates an Integrative Medical Treatment plan that promotes their individual wellness needs.  In fact, his patients walk around with big smiles on their faces because he works in partnership with them to restore them to better health.

As one of the United States’ leading Geriatricians, Dr. Suesakul has a special interest treating Chicago’s aging population because he recognizes that our seniors need a lot of care and attention in their golden years. He also shares this passion by teaching in academic medical institutions and continuing to further his medical education through professional associations, peer-to-peer networking, and higher educational institutions.

Dr. Suesakul enjoys helping people live happy and healthy lives.

Additional Credentials:

J. R. Dadivas, MDJ. R. Dadivas, MD

Director, Lake Shore Skin Health

Dr. Dadivas is a family practice physician with a specialty focus on elderly dermatologic care. He understands the impact and importance of healthy skin, which can profoundly affect a patient’s health and quality of life.

Dr. Dadivas has been treating patients with abnormal skin lesions, non-healing wounds and rashes for many years. In some patients, who have impaired functional status or deficiency in their daily activities due to an open wound on their foot, leg or back, Dr. Dadivas knows that often by just healing their wounds, he can take away his patients suffering and enable them to dramatically regain function and quality of life again.

In keeping with new treatments and patient preferences, Dr. Dadivas also offers Anti-Aging Facial Treatments (e.g Botox, Wrinkle Fillers, Microdermabrasion, Laser Hair Removal and Acne Treatment.)

Dr. Dadivas believes that when patients have a healthy skin they will also feel more self confidence, happiness and good spirit. “The more we smile, the longer our life expectancy will likely be,” says Dr. Dadivas.


Aaron Raestas DPMAaron Raestas DPM

Podiatric Physician & Surgeon
Director, VP Foot & Ankle Specialist

Dr. Aaron Raestas received his doctorate degree in Podiatric Medicine from Rosalind Franklin University. His residency training was at St. Mary’s Hospital in Passaic, NJ where he received extensive training in forefoot surgery, rearfoot/ankle reconstruction and limb salvage. Dr. Raestas is also trained in advanced wound care therapies. He is currently on staff at Thorek Memorial Hospital where he performs surgery and is involved in both outpatient and inpatient care.

Dr. Aaron Raestas is an expert in comprehensive care for foot and ankle problems such as plantar fasciitis, chronic foot pain, corn and callus, metatarsalgia, diabetic foot problem, ankle sprain, ankle fracture, bunion, high arch foot, low arch foot, ingrown toe nail, fungal toe nail, gout, foot ulcer, plantar wart, athletes foot, etc. He also has experience in sports medicine and performing a variety of endoscopic/arthroscopic and minimal incision surgery involving the foot and ankle with focuses on restoring previous activity level in a timely manner and comprehensive post-op care with therapeutic massage and physical therapy. Dr. Aaron Raestas gives an excellent care for chronic foot and ankle pain with multiple therapeutic modalities including therapeutic ultrasound, massage therapy, transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulation (TENS), wearable intensive nerve stimulation (WINS), topical compounded medications, and acupuncture.


Maria Cristina Torres, L.AC, MSOM, MD (Mexico)Cristina Torres, L.Ac, MSOM, MD

Founder, Integral Alternative Medicine LLC

Dr. Torres has always been interested in solving health problems for people. She received her medical degree from the UNAM Autonomous University of Mexico in Mexico City. Dr. Torres a extended her studies at UNAM to earn an additional Diploma in Clinical Pharmacology.

Several years of practicing medicine in Mexico were followed by working in the private industry where she was involved in pharmaceutical product development, regulation and compliance. While conducting clinical trials she participated in initiatives to promote good clinical practices, patient rights and their protection in Mexico and Latin America.

Ms. Torres desired, however, to return to direct contact with patients in a holistic way. While living in the United States she discovered that Traditional Chinese Medicine would offer what she was looking for in terms of practicing medicine and patient treatment. She pursued a Masters degree in Traditional Chinese Medicine at the Pacific College of Oriental Medicine in Chicago and obtained Certification by NCCAOM.

She is a Licensed Acupuncturist in Illinois where she is part of a network of practitioners aimed to prevention and early management of diseases.

Dr. PalacioGrace G. Palacio, Psy. D

Clinical Psychologist

Dr. Palacio is a licensed clinical psychologist with post-doctoral training and more than 15 years of experience treating adults with adjustment and transitional life issues, anxiety, depression, post-traumatic stress, grief/loss, decision making, motivational difficulties and memory impairment.

She also specializes in working with people impacted by chronic medical conditions and disabilities. Her practice is supportive, flexible, and goal-oriented. All her patients feel very comfortable with her care. Dr. Palacio works together on what immediately concerns her patients and help relieve their symptoms. She provides a helpful framework, so that over the course of therapy, her patients can develop a better understanding of themselves, find productive ways to have more fulfilling relationships, and reach personal and professional goals.

Our Staff:

Archariya Puangampai, RPh. PharmD.

Archariya Puangampai, RPh. PharmD.

  • Clinical Pharmacist
  • Office administrator
  • Director, Financial Assistance Program

Sunantha Panyadit

Sunantha Panyadit

  • Certified Nursing Assistant
  • Certified Aesthetician

Fatima Pina

Fatima Pina

  • Medical Assistant
  • Certified Aesthetician

Lin Sookdee

Lin Sookdee

  • Certified Nursing Assistant
  • Certified Aesthetician

Kathleen Filipinas

  • Licensed massage therapist